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High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

First Year Experience

"Many schools now build into the curriculum first-year seminars or other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. The highest-quality first-year experiences place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies. First-year seminars can also involve students with cutting-edge questions in scholarship and with faculty members’ own research."      -- George D. Kuh

Supporting Research

         Bers, Trudy and Donna Younger. "The First-Year Experience in Community Colleges." New Directions for Institutional Research, vol. 2013, no. 160, Aug.                               2014, pp. 77-93. EBSCOhost

             Connolly, Sara, et al. "First Year Experience for At-Risk College Students." College Student Journal, vol. 51, no. 1, 01 Mar. 2017, pp. 1-6. EBSCOho

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First Week Classroom Engagement:

HIPs Rubric update!

The High Impact Practices (HIPs) Rubric was uploaded to all Fall 2019 D2L course shells on Tuesday, October 22. Faculty opt in to using the HIPs rubric by attaching it to an assignment folder. 

Step-by-step instructions for attaching the rubric to an assignment can be found at: https://ppcconline.blog/dwkb/adding-hips-rubric-to-assignment-folders/

Access the  Rubric Guide and FAQ below:

What is Rubric for?

Faculty and instructors assess student learning in the High Impact Practice project or reflection assignment using this rubric. 

TIP: The rubric is not designed for grading purposes, just assessment of HIPs student learning. Attached is a robust FAQs and guide for the rubric.

About the Rubric and HIPs

The rubric addresses the Eight Key Elements of High Impact Practices: Challenge and Time (category 1), Interactive and Diversity (category 2), Feedback and Reflection (category 3), Real World and Public (category 4). Read more on these principles at https://libguides.ppcc.edu/hips . Instructors could mirror the wording in the rubric when designing the reflective assignment or when discussing the connections between course material and the HIPs assignment/project with students. 

Use of the rubric in HIPs courses is expected.

HIPs Faculty Specialists are peer experts who are ready to assist fellow faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.

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